1996 E36 328i, Touring auto. No electrical, power, to anything

Notices
 

Thread: 1996 E36 328i, Touring auto. No electrical, power, to anything

Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. 1996 E36 328i, Touring auto. No electrical, power, to anything 
    #1
    Bimmer Fan
    Car Details
    supamoto101's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    328i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1996
    Transmission Type:
    automatic
    Car Body Type:
    touring
    supamoto101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    london
    Posts
    19
    Thanks
    18
    Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
    Hi All, I went to my car this morning, dropped the key & it went under the car. I picked it up & pressed the fob button & nothing happened. The little red LED on the fob flashed as working but the central locking & alarm didn't work. So I used the key to access the driver door. On opening the door no interior lights on (not even a glimmer) or alarm going off.
    So I tried the key in the ignition & again no electrical power whatsoever (no dash lights or anything else). Tried to unlock the boot (to look at the battery) but it wouldn't work!
    Now could this be a car battery fault? Wouldn't I have had some kind of warning from my OBC or elsewhere about the battery? I have had a good read through the alarm guides here but no info' on my problem.
    All worked fine having just returned from an IOW xmas break. The car was parked for 1 day without use & I haven't experienced any problem with it before this.
     
     

  2. Remove Advertisements
    BimmerForums.co.uk
    Advertisements
     

  3.  
    #2
    Bimmer Fan
    Car Details
    xXxStKxXx's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    325i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1993
    Transmission Type:
    man
    Car Body Type:
    saloon

    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    North London
    Posts
    8
    Thanks
    4,432
    Thanked 6,073 Times in 4,855 Posts
    Sounds like your battery has gone flat-could be due to a parasitic battery drain.
     
     

  4.  
    #3
    Bimmer Fan
    Car Details
    supamoto101's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    328i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1996
    Transmission Type:
    automatic
    Car Body Type:
    touring
    supamoto101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    london
    Posts
    19
    Thanks
    18
    Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
    Hi, what's parasitic battery drain???
     
     

  5. Remove Advertisements
    BimmerForums.co.uk
    Advertisements
     

  6.  
    #4
    Bimmer Fan
    Car Details
    xXxStKxXx's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    325i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1993
    Transmission Type:
    man
    Car Body Type:
    saloon

    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    North London
    Posts
    8
    Thanks
    4,432
    Thanked 6,073 Times in 4,855 Posts
    where something drains the battery-usually a short circuit somewhere-typical places are the final stage resisitor packing up and loom going into the bootlid.

    Here is one guide if you have a multimeter http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Parasitic-Battery-Drain
     
     

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to xXxStKxXx For This Useful Post:

    supamoto101 (01-01-2011)

  8.  
    #5
    Bimmer Fan
    Car Details
    supamoto101's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    328i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1996
    Transmission Type:
    automatic
    Car Body Type:
    touring
    supamoto101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    london
    Posts
    19
    Thanks
    18
    Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
    Thank, I'll have a look & see what's what. My son said the dog might have knocked the rear interior light on so it's possible that could have drained the battery. Any ideas on opening the boot, or will I have to go from the inside to change the battery?
     
     

  9.  
    #6
    Bimmer Fan
    Car Details
    xXxStKxXx's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    325i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1993
    Transmission Type:
    man
    Car Body Type:
    saloon

    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    North London
    Posts
    8
    Thanks
    4,432
    Thanked 6,073 Times in 4,855 Posts
    Well as its a touring it should be easy to access from inside if you can't open the boot
     
     

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to xXxStKxXx For This Useful Post:

    supamoto101 (01-01-2011)

  11.  
    #7
    Bimmer Fan
    Car Details
    supamoto101's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    328i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1996
    Transmission Type:
    automatic
    Car Body Type:
    touring
    supamoto101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    london
    Posts
    19
    Thanks
    18
    Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
    Thank you StK!!!
    Turns out it was the rear interior light that caused the problem. After a swift jump start the light was found still on. So I may consider a new battery next as the present one is of a questionable age by the looks of it.
    Cheers.
     
     

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to supamoto101 For This Useful Post:

    xXxStKxXx (01-01-2011)

Tags for this Thread

View Tag Cloud

Posting Permissions
  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts